The God of Jacob exalted among the nations.
Psalm 46 contains an apocalypse which I believe to be prophetic. It is a short psalm divided into three sections: verses 1-3, 4-7, and 8-11. The final result is for the entire world to “Be still and know that He is God” because He “will be exalted among the nations.” The psalm has a progression to it portraying how the God of Jacob will be exalted among all nations.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
1-3 ~ The voice spoken in the first section is plural. It is a group of people who are steadfast as they trust in God. They view God as presently helping them through a tumultuous time. The timing during which they trust Him is a time when the earth will be experiencing natural, or perhaps, supernatural disasters. This group of people, who I will term the faithful remnant, will trust in God in spite of these calamities. Even though the earth gives way, even though the mountains are being thrown into the sea, even though the waters of the sea are raging, even though the mountains are trembling; through all this the faithful remnant will not be afraid because God is with them.
I see this as being eschatologically fulfilled during the Day of the LORD through the 144,000. In Revelation there is a group of Israelites sealed to be protected from God’s wrath during the Day of the LORD, Revelation 7:1-8. This group is sealed by God showing that they belong to Him. In Revelation 14:1-5 we see that they follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They are redeemed from among men being the firstfruits unto God. There is no guile found in their mouth as they are faultless before the throne of God. Although the world will be experiencing [super]natural disasters due to God’s wrath being poured out during the Day of the LORD, this group will have no cause for fear because they trust in the God of Jacob, Revelation 9:5.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
4-7 ~ This next section moves into a setting where there is a Holy City in which God resides. The final verse in this section suggests that the group which voiced trust in God in the first section is dwelling with God in this Holy City. There is a river flowing out from this City of God. Because God is in the midst of this city, she shall not be moved. The city is spoken of as a female. This city is in contrast to the kingdoms of this world. These other nations rage against God. In response, God utters His voice and the earth melts. The faithful remnant is with God within the bounds of this Holy City with a river flowing out from the midst of her.
This will no doubt be fulfilled in the New Jerusalem which is the bride of Messiah, Revelation 21:2. There will be a river of life flowing out from the New Jerusalem which will be cause for joy, Revelation 22:1-2. God Himself will reside in the city, Revelation 22:3, along with the faithful remnant who is a part of the bride of the Messiah. Even though the kingdoms of this world rage against God, this city will not be moved, Psalm 125:1. God need only utter His voice and the earth will melt, Joel 3:16. This hints at the conflict at the end of this age which will be more fully explained in the third section. We can safely conclude here that the nations will try to rebel against God but will fail, Psalm 2:1-6. As the nations rebel, the faithful remnant has been relying solely on God as their fortress.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8-11 ~ The final section is a call to view what God has done. The context suggests that it is the faithful remnant viewing the outside world from the inside of the Holy City. Look at what God has done. It seems as if there are battle scars from the desolations He has wrought in His plan to make wars on earth to end. He forces His will upon the nations by breaking, shattering, and burning their weapons of war. The means by which God forces His will upon the nations will result in desolations to be viewed by the faithful remnant. The decree here by God is meant to show that He has a purpose in forcing His will. “Be still and know that I am God.” This is spoken to the nations for them to know that He will be God of all nations. He will be exalted throughout the entire earth. The last verse is spoken by the faithful remnant to show that they have now come through the entire apocalypse by trusting in the God of Jacob. The wars have ceased, God is exalted, and God is our fortress.
Here is a picture of the Messianic Kingdom. God will establish His rule among the nations even though they rebel against Him, Psalm 110:2. There will be effects of the devastation He has wrought still visible in the age to come, Isaiah 34:8-10, 66:23-24. He has forced His will upon the rebellious nations and brought peace to them. During this time of peace, one may view the desolations upon the earth which serve as battle scars reminding people how God forced His will upon mankind. The call to “Be still and know that He is God” must be international in its scope. While the focus up to this point seems to have been on one people trusting God as other nations rebelled against Him, now the call is for God to be exalted among all nations by the means of these nations being still and knowing that He is God. God will be exalted in the earth. The coming of the Messianic Kingdom does not mean that the earth is purged completely of sinners, but it is a call that the King is now here by means of judgement. Be still, you nations, and know that He, Jesus Christ, is God. The LORD of Hosts, Jesus Christ, is with us here on earth as we exist as a group of nations.
Summary thoughts ~ In 11 brief verses, this poetry takes us through an unveiling of our God as He uses the faithful remnant, the Holy City, and a day of judgement to bring about His will for this earth. The call to “Be still and know that He is God” can be followed now by faith in advance of His physical presence. It will be fully realized once our God is present here with us as He is literally exalted among the nations. This psalm shows the wisdom in seeing a kingdom in which the Messiah will rule, but complete perfection will not yet be attained by mankind. He will be exalted in the earth, but ultimate perfection may not yet come until later during His rule. PreMillennial Theology has an explanation for this.
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So you see the waters roaring in this Psalm referring to the effects of the DOTL judgments, not the Luke reference of the opening of the 6th seal? So is the all Israel that is saved (Rom. 11) this group of 144,000, or are there more since they are said to be the first fruits?
You would have to go an ask a hard question now. Truthfully, I really don\’t know. But I have some ideas which are debatable. We know that all Israel will be saved. We also know that all Israel will be gathered back, but I view Isaiah 11:11-16 and 27:12-13 as occurring after the day of the LORD is over and the Messianic Kingdom is beginning. I see a parallel in Isaiah 35:8-10 with the highway being a way for the regathering to occur. The context of Isaiah 35 is after the Day of the LORD as described in Isaiah 34.But we also know that there will only 144,000 sealed to be protected through God\’s wrath. I vew this as the Israelite remnant to be preserved through the Day of the LORD after the rapture has occurred. At this time, I\’m sure there will be many other Israelites on the earth, they just won\’t be sealed, most likely because they are still in unbelief. After the Messianic Kingdom is established, then the LORD begins to gather the nation of Israel back to the promised land with the 144,000 being the first fruits of that group. That\’s my basic view anyway.So these people in Psalm 46 literally having nothing to fear. There is no calamity on earth that can shake their faith because God is presently helping them in the midst of supernatural disaster here on the earth. Eventually, God forces wars to stop, thereby establishing peace.As far as the waves of the sea being at the sixth seal versus during the Day of the LORD, I don\’t view Luke\’s version of events to be in a strict chronological order there as Matthew and Mark are. I don\’t believe that Luke\’s version contains the Olivet Discourse, but a separate Temple Discourse which sparked the Olivet Discourse later in the evening. So while Matthew and Mark are definitely speaking about the portents which herald the return of Jesus, I don\’t believe that Luke should necessarily be taken that way. Jesus states in Luke that many things will occur while Jerusalem is being trampled down by the Gentiles (which we know to be from 70AD until the end of the age). These things listed here will occur both before and after the sixth seal (in my view). Things such as signs in the sun, moon, stars; distress amongst the nations; sea and waves roaring; people having heart failure due to fear. Amidst these events, the Son of Man comes with power and great glory.Later the disciples want greater clarification, so Jesus gives it to them in step by step format. But the roaring of the waves are not listed as a direct harbinger of the coming of Christ in the Olivet Discourse proper as recorded by Matthew and Mark. So I guess simply put, if Psalm 46 shows us a people who are not afraid even if mountains are cast into the sea, even if the earth quakes terribly, and even if the oceans churn out mighty waves, and further, it\’s because of the supernatural protection of God, these events will most likely take place during the Day of the LORD even though I can\’t find a tsunami (per se) in the trumpets or the bowls.Kathy, I hope and pray that your Bible study goes well. I\’m sure it will be a blessing in ways that you cannot imagine.Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13-The Orange Mailman
Thank you Darrin. And thank you for the time you have spent writing down your thoughts and insights. When I read what you write, you make sense. The Walrus and Pretzel only confuse me. I do believe God has gifted you in a wonderful way and Kristen and I are greatly blessed when we read your insights.
Hey thanks Kathy. I have to ask though. I\’m wanting to know who a certain person is over there and I have a suspicion but I don\’t want to blow their cover. So I\’ll ask the question in pig latin so that people won\’t be able to find out their identity.oesday ristenKay avehay ikenay orfay creenamesay?avehay unfay
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